There were a lot of different things going on with the Red Sox last season: the David Ortiz retirement tour, the Pablo Sandoval spring training sideshow, and the emergence of young studs Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts. All this hoopla allowed Dustin Pedroia's season to fly under the radar for the most part, although it truly shouldn't have. The franchise second baseman was incredibly productive all year long, producing his highest batting average (.318) and hit total (201) since his MVP season in 2008. He even had a power surge, bashing 15 home runs and 36 doubles en route to raising his slugging percentage to .449, tied for his best mark over the past five seasons. Pedroia certainly doesn't possess the speed he once did, but as long as he stays on the field, it's realistic to expect a batting average around .290 with double-digit home runs and generous helpings of runs and RBI once again in 2017.
Pedroia will likely reprise a role as Boston's leadoff hitter in 2017, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Pedroia has traditionally hit second in the order -- and voiced displeasure about batting leadoff in previous years -- but hit well when he was moved into the top spot last August, hitting .363 with an .852 OPS to finish out the season.
Pedroia said he has completely recovered from offseason knee surgery and will be unhindered in spring training, John Tomase of WEEI Radio reports. The veteran second baseman underwent the minor procedure on his left knee in October and says he had no setbacks in his rehab. Pedroia is coming off a stellar 2016 campaign, in which he hit .318 with 105 runs scored and 74 RBI. He will be counted on to carry the Red Sox offense following the retirement of David Ortiz.
Pedroia has made good progress in his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports. Pedroia, who reversed a trend of declining hitting numbers in 2016, and is expected to be ready for spring training, telling reporters in a text, "I'll be ready, don't you worry."
Pedroia underwent minor surgery on his left knee and is expected to be ready for spring training, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports. He had a left knee arthroscopy (partial medial meniscectomy, chondroplasty) Thursday to treat an injury he suffered in mid-September. Pedroia had his best offensive season since 2011, finishing fourth in runs (105) and fifth in batting average (.318) among qualified second basemen.
Pedroia is out of the lineup for Thursday's matchup against the Yankees, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Thursday will be just the second game that Pedroia has sat out during the month of September. However, now that the Red Sox have clinched the AL East, they can afford to let the 33-year-old have a day off as they prepare for their playoff run. Deven Marrero will make a rare appearance and start in place of Pedroia at second base.